SEGMENT: FARMING METHODS & FARM EQUIPMENT

Walter Culver>UIS Collection C-G>UIS Collection C-G, Segment 8

SEGMENT: FARMING METHODS & FARM EQUIPMENT,

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FARMING METHODS
Got first tractor 3-4 years after marrying. Got a small International tractor with a cultivator to plow corn. Then bought a two plow Ford with the plows under it, so there was no need for horses. Still harvested by hand for 20-25 years. Describes harvesting by hand. Managed to pick a hundred bushels of corn per day. Used a husking pad and a wire thumb stall but it would wear out the thumbs of mittens, so mittens had to be patched. Describes the husking pad. Recalls mittens with double thumbs. Always used a shucking-peg. Started harvesting with a one row picker on tractor and took a load of corn to the crib one row at a time. Divided the land evenly for corn, wheat, and oats, and sold some of everything, but kept some oats, corn, and timothy and alfalfa hay for horses and cows. Describes the process of harvesting hay. Harvested alfalfa two to three times per year, timothy hay once per year, and wheat straw would be baled and used for livestock bedding. Baled straw but not hay.
FARM EQUIPMENT